Reader Vachon wrote in to

Reader Vachon wrote in to comment on my proposal for a moral code based on freedom: I’m wondering, Mr. Bear, if what you are describing as freedom might be better described as opportunity? It goes without saying that “equal freedom” is a non-sequiter: freedom is (at least in this country) completely dependent on economic status, […]

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BBC News has a fascinating

BBC News has a fascinating article on Persian weblogs — including many from authors within Iran itself. Apparently, there are about 1,200 Persian-language blogs out there (!!!). If you don’t believe me, check out Hossein Derakhshan’s weblog and review his blogroll (the blog is in Farsi, but the blogroll is labeled in English).

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Jason Rylander notes the annnoucement

Jason Rylander notes the annnoucement of a course in blogging from UC Berkeley’s school of journalism, and asks whether that makes us all professors. Of course not, Jason. We have practical and deep experience in the subject at hand: that totally disqualifies us to be professors at most Universities…

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From FoxNews (courtesy of Mr.

From FoxNews (courtesy of Mr. McGehee ) : Wednesday, June 19, 2002 WASHINGTON – Moroccan authorities have arrested a senior Al Qaeda recruiter known as “The Bear” who is suspected of plotting attacks against Western interests in Morocco, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Abu Zubair al-Haili, a Saudi who weighs more than 300 pounds, is considered […]

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No Palestinian State… For Now

Armed Liberal has given up on the idea of a Palestinian state. And for me also, this week has been a turning point. Maybe it was the compelling argument of why a Palestinian state can’t possibly exist now, or maybe it was the latest atrocity. (Did anyone check to see if Arafat’s ritual condemnation came […]

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Diana Hsieh has yet another

Diana Hsieh has yet another bizarre twist in the cause of the Hayman fire. Apparently, the woman accused of setting the fire is now being accused of doing so deliberately — prosecutors claim to have evidence that contradicts her prior statement, in which she claimed she started a small fire to burn a disturbing letter […]

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In that order. Moral codes are tricky things. Dangerous, even. Even with the most straightforward of intentions, after a few generations or so of interpretation, they have a tendency to spin wildly out of control. You start out with a set of rules that are meant to ensure […]

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Cool. Looks like at least

Cool. Looks like at least one person took my call for more bloggers seriously — Alex Slinin wrote to say he took my message “to heart” and now has his very own blog. So welcome Alex and his Pixelated World to the blog block. And I think Alex gets the dubious honor of being the […]

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The man who for many

The man who for many years was the real person behind Slate’s Today’s Papers has died in a scuba accident. This is being widely reported elsewhere, but I feel the obligation to comment and note Scott Shuger’s passing. As for many in the blogosphere, for me Slate was required reading for years. Even during the […]

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Jay Manifold thinks folks who

Jay Manifold thinks folks who find conservative Christians’ alliance with repressive Islamic regimes repugnant need to calm down. I suppose he’d have to include me in that category, although I would stipulate that I am perfectly calm, if slightly disgusted. Jay responds to those who have raised an eyebrow at the alliance as follows: A […]

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Do you think they can

Do you think they can afford his speaker’s fee? More Hitchens-related goodness this morning. It seems Dr. Kissinger may be facing an extradition request to Chile: Henry Kissinger may face extradition proceedings in connection with the role of the United States in the 1973 military coup in Chile. The former US secretary of state is […]

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Christopher Hitchens, Call Your OfficeThe

Christopher Hitchens, Call Your Office The Hitch has been saying all along that the true war to be fought is against irrationality and religious extremism — in whatever form it takes. He’s been fighting it for years, and has recently welcomed President Bush to at least part of the fight. If we needed any further […]

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I Don’t Like Monday(s)Sigh. You

I Don’t Like Monday(s) Sigh. You just can’t make this level of corporate stupidity up. The consulting arm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which apparently got tired of people not understanding why they should be capitalizing letters in the middle of word, is changing its name to “Monday”. Apparently, Saturday, Sunday, Friday, Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday were all […]

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Update on Palestinian Shooting AnalysisArmedLiberal

Update on Palestinian Shooting Analysis ArmedLiberal raised some interesting points in an email to myself and Michael Kielsky raising some doubt on some of Michael’s analysis of the shooting I reference below. They’ve now taken the discussion onto their respective blogs: Michael has an update here which paraphrases AL’s points, and I’d expect AL himself […]

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Okay, you may think I’m

Okay, you may think I’m just assuaging my deep feelings of guilt for getting PhotoDude’s hopes up (he was in the Top-20 of the blogosphere yesterday, but is way further down with the corrected run today), but I think I satisfied my urge for repentance with the last post. But here I am again, and […]

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Wow. A very interesting note

Wow. A very interesting note on declarations of war from PhotoDude (who coincidentally I owe something to since he got thoroughly screwed by the re-do of the Ecosystem numbers today). We’ve heard a lot of noise about how some folks think this isn’t really a war, and other folks think that we really have to […]

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OK, the Ecosystem is fixed

OK, the Ecosystem is fixed now. Sorry for the confusion. The problem was that I have a step in the process where I filter out links that a weblog has to itself ; I missed that step in yesterday’s run, so everyone’s totals were higher than they should have been. A big thanks to Jeff […]

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Larry Kestenbaum dropped me an

Larry Kestenbaum dropped me an email in regards to his thoughts on my comments on anonymity in my N.Z. Bear Name FAQ, and I encouraged him to post them on his blog, as I suspected others might be interested in our exchange. So he did, and now it’s my turn to reply back. Larry describes […]

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Michael Kielsky knows a lot

Michael Kielsky knows a lot more than I do about guns, and more to the point, bullets. And apparently, he knows more than some Palestinians and some American journalists. Michael’s piece provides a nicely fact-based analysis of the shooting of one Palestinian boy, who claimed his wound was inflicted by an Israeli soldier with an […]

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